When I was younger my mom taught me one of the greatest life hacks: the microwave poached egg. Even as an avid cooker, I still struggle with poached eggs, and I’ll be honest, I’m too lazy (and hungry) to wait for the water to boil or to use vinegar. Thus, this microwave poached egg hack using Handsome Brook Farm eggs is the move.

Whenever I watch cooking shows (okay, maybe just those one-minute food videos on my Facebook feed), I'm amazed that they're actually able to make the poached egg in one try. I mean, it'll take me at least six to get even somewhat close to the perfect poached egg, so I gave up on it years ago. That's why I'm so grateful for the microwave poached egg hack, it's so easy, a baby could do it! Or, in my case, a hangry college student after a long night at the library.

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It’s ready in under two minutes and is fail-proof. The only thing I’ll challenge you to do is to consider what eggs you’re using. Because eggs are the main event of this meal, it's important to buy good eggs, and pasture-raised eggs is always a safe bet. Pasture-raised means chickens have over 100 square feet to roam, so they aren't cooped up and stressed out. Happy hens produce tastier eggs. Handsome Brook Farm is a trustworthy brand to keep your eye on since they only use eggs from small, family-owned organic farms, and ensure that the eggs are pasture-raised.

The Ultimate Microwave Poached Egg Hack​

  • Prep Time:1 min
  • Cook Time:1 min
  • Total Time:2 mins
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • 1⁄3 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • Paper towel or plate
  • Cooking spray
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  • Step 1

    Spray your microwave-safe bowl with cooking spray so the egg doesn’t stick.

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  • Step 2

    Crack the egg into the bowl and pour in the water.

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  • Step 3

    Cover with the paper towel (or plate), and cook for 50 seconds on medium power. Then, cook for 35 seconds on lower power.

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  • Step 4

    Remove from the water and enjoy.

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Try this out and watch your relationship with poached eggs transform. I love making poached eggs and adding them onto avocado toast for the ultimate breakfast fuel (#basic Uand proud), or as my salad protein. If you're looking for a little more flavor, try this microwave poached egg that tastes like a fajita. Warning: the yolk won't be as runny as one when you poach it in the water, but you'll get some yolk porn. Like I said, this hack is truly the way to go!

#SpoonTip: When adding eggs to your salads, make sure to use a dark green, like kale, which really absorbs all the healthy fats and flavors of the yolk. 

Seriously, I don’t think I will ever go back to the normal method, ‘cause simplicity. Embrace the microwave poached egg hack, but don’t forget to consider what kind of eggs you’re using, where they’re from, and your friends at Handsome Brook Farm who are looking out for you... and the chicks.

This post is sponsored by Handsome Brook Farm.